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Ask a Physicist: How can I be a more awesome crackpot?

This week on my io9 “Ask a Physicist” column, I decided to take a brain-cation and post a re-edit of an old column from the blog: How can I be a more awesome crackpot?. Be sure to post your own … Continue reading

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Worlds in Collision

I was at my in-laws for Christmas and as they cleared their shelves of the chaff, I became the lucky recipient of “Worlds in Collision”, a piece of crackpottery par excellence that I’ve been wanting to read for some time, … Continue reading

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Talk this Saturday: Cosmology and Crackpots

Good news, everyone! I’ll be giving a talk this Saturday, the 20th, 2pm at the Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking. The talk will be held in the Bonnel Building of the Community College of Philadelphia. The subject will be “Cosmology … Continue reading

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I get email, Part 2

I awoke this morning to one of the more charming pieces of email that I’ve gotten in some time.  I won’t quote it in its entirety, as it was incredibly long, but it was also packed with goodness.  A reader … Continue reading

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Some advice for aspiring crackpots

I’ve been getting a lot of “cutting edge” “science” in my email over the last few weeks, and it occurred to me that some aspiring crackpots need just a little extra push before they can achieve greatness.  As a public … Continue reading

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Does science news make us dumber?

Some while ago, I wrote a post criticizing the New York Times’s Dennis Overbye for being far too quick to write science stories reporting on 1-sigma detections or groundbreaking theories which purport to completely overturn our understanding of the universe. … Continue reading

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if (Pop-sci == Crackpot) { return -1;}

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the interplay between popular science writing and crackpotism. And in this case, by popular science I don’t mean reviews of quantum mechanics and the like. I mean reviews or introductions to emerging ideas … Continue reading

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What the bleep

Last night I decided to do some research for the “Crackpots” book, and at the suggestion of one of the commentators from a previous post I watched the better part of What the Bleep do we know?, perhaps one of … Continue reading

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Crackpots

I’ve started thinking about my next book. I’m not at the writing stage, or even the research stage; more like the brainstorming stage. I’ve been thinking a lot about crackpottery lately. Because I’ve been doing so much popular science writing … Continue reading

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